In race for Burlington, VT mayor without a Progressive Party nominee, third parties and independents still play large role

On VTDigger.org, Greg Guma takes a look at how people and groups ranging from outright independents to Vermont’s independent, democratic socialist, close-with-the-Progressive-Party Senator Bernie Sanders to a former Green Party candidate are playing a role in the race for Burlington mayor.  It’s the first time since 1991 that the Progressives haven’t fielded a candidate, yet the city continues, in a sense, to function as a multi-party system.  Read the full piece here.

While Miro Weinberger added Gov. Peter Shumlin to his growing list of prominent Democratic endorsers last week in the race for Burlington mayor, Kurt Wright provided a deeper look at the unusual political alliance he is creating, and identified some players in a possible City Hall team…

Last week Wright added lawyer Sandra Baird, a former Green Party candidate, as a backer and prospective member of his transition team, and called opponent Wanda Hines a likely pick for a key role in his administration…

The Republican has acknowledged the potential political edge provided by Hines’ presence in the race, but says that he sincerely respects her work and has known her for years. Her candidacy is apt to attract more Progressive and independent voters than Republicans or Democrats, and a three-way race makes it easier for someone to win with little more than 40 percent of the vote.

In his 2009 race, Wright received 32 percent. In 1981 Bernie Sanders won with just over 40 percent and a 10-vote margin…

Burlington’s Progressive Party, which has chosen not to run a candidate for the first time since 1991, could also endorse. Steering Committee members, plus invited progressives notables, were slated to meet privately with the candidates this weekend. Public backing for Wright is unlikely, but Weinberger is also a long-shot given statements by Party officials. Not taking an official position is the most likely option.

Wright pledges to create a “tri-partisan administration.”

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